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Barnabas Calculating status...
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Sep 11, 2011 1:34 PM

In Final Cut is there any way to add a time stamp, like what you get on a consumer camcorder? The customer wants the date and time to show on the final video. The time and date was not recorded when I recorded the event.

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  • still_learning Level 3 Level 3 (785 points)
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    Sep 11, 2011 2:10 PM (in response to Barnabas)

    If it was not recorded as a time stamp when the event was recorded on the camcorder, then basically the answer is "No" ... you cannot add it.  Even if you could add one, it sort of defeats the purpose of a time stamp ... to show when the actual recording took place.  Best wishes,

    stephen

  • hafken Level 4 Level 4 (1,225 points)
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    Sep 12, 2011 5:09 AM (in response to Barnabas)

    If you have Motion, it has a "Time Date" Generator which you could publish to FCPX. This generator lets you specify the start time/date, with lots of different parameters to control the format, so you could "fake" it if you wanted to.

  • apfelkraft.ch Calculating status...
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    Sep 12, 2011 6:09 AM (in response to Barnabas)

    The big problem...most AVCHD generate a subtitle directly to the mts files (you can see with MPlayer X), but Final Cut Pro X import only the videos..... Import video with FCPX kills all data like GPS, timecode..... its not clear why, FCPX shos EXIF...but always empty!

     

    On a PC is dts8888.com a really great tool....on a mac i found no tool like this.....but search and hoping since years. With digital cameras it works for a long time....video no chance!!!

  • still_learning Level 3 Level 3 (785 points)
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    Sep 12, 2011 9:55 AM (in response to hafken)

    Good info Hafken ... I will file that one away.  I do countdowns now, but wanted to use a clock format for some other "timer" things. Thanks.

    stephen

  • hafken Level 4 Level 4 (1,225 points)
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    Sep 13, 2011 2:42 AM (in response to Barnabas)
    In the mean time, to get this project done, it looks like I'm editing 60 tiny titles for my one hour video.

    I'm not expert in Motion, but if you already have it, give yourself 5-10 minutes to try and publish the Time Date generator. The basic steps are (I'm doing this from memory so the names of things might be wrong):

    1. Sart up Motion and choose a new FCPX Generator template project. Set the project settings that match your own project settings in FCPX.

    2. Drag the Time Date Generator into the project.

    3. Publish all the parameters you might want to change in FCPXby right clicking on them and selecting publish parameter.

    4. Save the project. this will ask you for a name and category, which once saved, automatically appear in FCPX.

    5. Drag that one new generator to your project, change the duration to fill your whole timeline, and set the parameters to your starting date/time.

  • Luis Sequeira1 Level 5 Level 5 (4,815 points)
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    Sep 13, 2011 3:11 AM (in response to hafken)

    Great hint! I have just tried and it works great. I had Motion just sitting there and your suggestion has motivated to try it. It's a bit daunting at first, but it's amazingly powerful and integrates beautifully with FCP X. Wow!

  • Robert Vancouver Calculating status...
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    Mar 23, 2013 11:32 AM (in response to Luis Sequeira1)

    Sounds good, but it does not help someone who needs to have the date and time to display, with seconds, in the manner in which it was exactly recorded by the camera.

  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,945 points)
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    Mar 23, 2013 11:38 AM (in response to Robert Vancouver)

    Use a TC generator within a compound clip.

     

    BTW, do you realize how old this thread is?

     

    Russ

  • Robert Vancouver Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 23, 2013 11:46 AM (in response to Russ H)

    I do realize how old the thread is, and also note that this date-time issue has long been a problem.  The solution you propose does not solve the issue of getting the source time code to display, as it does when you pan over the clips in the events or project library. The information is there, but you cannot get it to overlay on the video in the final product

  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,945 points)
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    Mar 23, 2013 2:00 PM (in response to Robert Vancouver)

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  • Robert Vancouver Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 23, 2013 8:05 PM (in response to Russ H)

    Thanks for this.  However, when I am generating the date time and overlaying it into the clip, it displays the time that the date time stamp was created on the computer, not the source date and time.  Could you please let me know how you did above?  I am using FCPX, and generated the date time stamp with Motion 5.  I appreciate your input. 

  • Robert Vancouver Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 24, 2013 12:57 AM (in response to Russ H)

    Is your example from the source recording, or typed in to the time generator?  The source recording time date stamp information is crucial, as it needs to be exact. The video clips are not continuous recordings, and there is lots of editing.  Typing in the information via a generator would not be practical.  Thanks

  • apfelkraft.ch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 24, 2013 2:47 AM (in response to Barnabas)

    The best solution is VoltaicHD.

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